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  • Hardcover: 352 pages
  • Publisher: OUP Oxford (7 Aug. 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0199660808
  • ISBN-13: 978-0199660803
  • Product Dimensions: 16.2 x 2.7 x 24.1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 146,312 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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an exciting story and it is one to which Munro Price has devoted himself with consummate skill (Reviews in History)

well placed, clearly written and thoughtful (Times Literary Supplement)

Price's book is well paced, cleanly written and thoughtful. (John Bugg, The Times Literary Supplement)

Price has rewritten the history of the decline and fall of Napoleon in a highly original and wholly convincing manner. It is an enthralling story, brilliantly told. (T. C. W. Blanning, Emeritus Professor of European History, University of Cambridge)

Price has unearthed a wealth of unpublished material that sheds a fascinating light on the motives of the principle players in this extraordinary drama... (Simon Shaw, Mail on Sunday)

About the Author

Munro Price is a historian of modern French and European history, with a special focus on the French Revolution, and is Professor of Modern European History at Bradford University. His publications include The Fall of the French Monarchy: Louis XVI, Marie Antoinette and the baron de Breteuil, which won the 2002 Franco-British Society Literary Prize, and The Perilous Crown: France between Revolutions (2007. His most recent book (with Stanley Price), The Road to Apocalypse: the Extraordinary Journey of Lewis Way (2011) was shortlisted for the Wingate-Jewish Quarterly Prize. A regular reviewer for The Sunday Times, The Sunday Telegraph, History Today, and BBC History Magazine, he has also appeared on Radio 4, on French radio, and on BBC2's Reputations series.

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By James Morrison on 21 Nov. 2014
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This is a fine book that tells a fascinating story about Napoleon's real downfall between
1813-14. It is full or original research and written with great pace and style. Equally important, the book
is a sensible size (readable in bed) and reasonably priced. If you can't afford to buy Napoleon's
hat, recently auctioned in New York for $2m, this book is for you.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Karl Jakob Skarstein on 30 Aug. 2014
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Price tells the story of the decline and fall of Napoleon's empire in 1813-1814. His main focus is diplomacy and the big question of why Napoleon, even as defeat became increasingly inevitable, rejected peace proposals that would have enabled him to continue as emperor of a nation much bigger than today's France. This question has often intrigued me; with Munro Price's book I have finally gotten a convincing and satisfying answer.

Price has discovered sources unknown or neglected for almost 200 years, like the unpublished parts of Caulaincourt's memoirs and the also unpublished recollections of Carl Clam-Martinic, both essential for understanding the great events of 1813. In addition he has made great use of the reports on public opinion across France sent in by the prefects of each department of the empire, from the North Sea coast to Italy.

Personally, I've always been more interested in the military operations of 1813-1814, so I was a bit disappointed when I realized that Price focuses mostly on the diplomacy. Nevertheless I found myself pulled along by his engaging and precise narrative style. He manages to capture the intense drama as the main players like Napoleon, Metternich, Talleyrand and Caulaincourt struggled to achieve their aims in a great game affecting the destinies of millions of Europeans.

Although he writes mostly about the diplomatic struggle, he also adds some interesting insights into the military events, especially the actions of the Allied high command, describing the battles of Dresden, Kulm and Leipzig in some detail.

This book is definitely one of the best books about the Napoleonic Wars I've ever read. Highly recommended!
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Barry Rhodes on 22 Aug. 2014
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Brilliant covering of the facts, written in an interesting way entrusting the reader.
The author echoes my feelings exactly and after years of interest in Napoleon l have found an author who has researched the subject thoroughly and in my mind proved that Napoleon's downfall was decided in 1813 and 1814.
Would recommend.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By David Jago on 7 Nov. 2014
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A meticulous analysis, with comprehensive references to contemporary memoirs and later historical assessments, of Napoleon's decisions after the retreat from Moscow, through the Battle of Leipzig and the initial exile to Elba, followed by the Hundred Days, the Battle of Waterloo, and the final exile to St. Helena. Munro Price explores the reasons why Napoleon was temperamentally unable to accept the offers made by Russia, Prussia and Austria in 1813, that would have allowed him to keep his throne, and to retain France's "natural frontiers", which were considerably more extensive than those of pre-revolutionary France.
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